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Issue No. 2486

Housing workers strike in Sheffield

Housing workers in Sheffield struck against bosses’ attacks on their terms and conditions on Wednesday of last week.

The GMB union members have been on a work to rule since December. Bosses at Labour-run Sheffield City Council are pushing through a restructuring plan.


Activists to stage McDonald’s protest

Activists in the Fast Food Rights campaign were set to protest in central London on Wednesday of this week.

The action comes as fast food workers from the US visit Brussels in Belgium to campaign against McDonald’s.

Protesters in London were set to demonstrate outside McDonald’s on Whitehall.


Trinity Mirror strike vote gets results

NUJ union members have forced newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror to abandon plans to introduce new targets.

Bosses wanted journalists to meet “goals” aimed at increasing the number of hits on online articles. They scrapped the plans after journalists at five regional newspapers voted to strike.


Kurds occupy Tory HQ over curfews

Kurdish protesters occupied the Tory campaign headquarters in London on Tuesday of last week for several hours.

They chanted, “Wake up Cameron” demanding that Britain halts its backing for the Turkish government.Turkish troops have imposed at least 58 curfews in Kurdish regions since August.


Flashmob protest over bank closures

Around 500 people attended a flashmob protest in Glastonbury, Somerset, last Saturday.

It was against plans to close the last two of the town’s bank branches.

It would mean the nearest cash machine was at a supermarket out of town.


Fight steel bosses for Port Talbot jobs

Unions were set to meet Tata Steel bosses this week about reports of massive job losses at Port Talbot steel works in South Wales.

Alan Coombs of the Community union said the unions would consider accepting “loads of cost cutting” for the “survival of the industry”.

Stopping the jobs massacre will mean fighting bosses, not helping them.


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Tue 12 Jan 2016, 16:46 GMT
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